30 Days of Gratitude: 2015 Edition

I have been sitting with my laptop for quite a while tonight.  It’s a cool and quiet Sunday evening.  Mass was beautiful this morning, as we celebrated All Saints Day.  Bruce and I enjoyed a hearty meal at the annual Spaghetti Supper at our local Catholic school.  And he beat me in 500 Rummy…twice. It […]

Happy Birthday to Bruce!

Today is my husband’s birthday!  I treasure him everyday, but on his birthday, I am especially aware of the GIFT he is to ME!  I am also grateful for his parents, and how they raised him to be funny, loving, and faithful. We have many experiences to look back on.  I could write a book! […]

7 Quick Takes… It’s Been a While!

Yesterday was Friday, and I got a calendar notification on my phone.  “Write 7 Quick Takes.”  This shows up every single week, because somehow I thought I would get into the habit of participating in this fun blog community posting gig…but alas, I have ignored those notifications for months. So long in fact, that the […]

Once a Mother, Always a Mother

Note:  I am happy to say this has been published in The Catholic Post, the newspaper for the Peoria Diocese.  The link to the article can be found here. Twenty-one years ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day for the first time as a mom myself. I was just two months into my pregnancy, but already wearing maternity […]

He is Risen! Alleluia!

He is Risen!  Alleluia! At the time I began to write this Easter post, I was in the car on the way to Rockville Indiana to visit with many of my in-laws.  I have quite a few, so it is hard to see all of them at once!  I wrote most of this with pen […]

Rejoicing for Families!

Happy Feast of the Holy Family! Each year on the Sunday after Christmas, the Church celebrates this beautiful feast.  Earlier today, I was blessed to see families together at Mass..many whom I know dearly, some just well enough to say “hi.”  Families with young children, families who just started life as “empty-nesters,” single adults…all gathered […]

Grateful for Another 7 Quick Takes

This 7 Quick Takes list is not random; everything is from a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation!   — 1 — Happy Day after Thanksgiving!!  I am spending time with my in-laws in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.  We usually gather in northern Indiana for turkey day, but my sister-in-law and her husband decided to […]

I’m Back for 7 Quick Takes

Thought I’d post a few random thoughts again… — 1 — I have been busy this month creating cards for a series of online stamping challenges.  I hosted a challenge on the 14th to make a “step card,” which I had never done before.  Nothing major; just a reminder that it’s fun to try new […]

I Love Him, and His Mother Too

I have a fabulous Mother-in-law!  Her name is Dorothy, and she is filled with joy!  I rarely see her upset.  She is down-to-earth, loves to laugh, is dedicated to her family, and is a feisty Euchre player. She and her husband raised my husband Bruce quite well, thankfully.  He is also pretty low-key (usually) and […]